Big screen shark movie, The Meg made its debut in 2018, promising plenty of underwater action, some gruesome deaths and plenty of Jason Statham. Perfect summer blockbuster viewing then, right?

But did The Meg float like Deep Blue Sea (1999) and The Shallows (2016) or did it sink like Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

In this post, I am taking a look back at the critical reception for The Meg, from when it first hit cinema screens. Below are a collection of snippets, taken from reviews published by critics during summer 2018.

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The Meg movie review round-up

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Here is what the critics said in 2018:

  • Mike McCahill of The Guardian awarded The Meg three stars (out of five) and said: “Nonsense science and monster-movie cliches pile up in the latest marauding-shark thriller – but it’s lots of fun, too.” He added: “Not quite killer, but it’s rare to see a 21st-century blockbuster having this much fun – right through to its sign-off – with its own premise.”
  • Robbie Collin of The Telegraph also awarded The Meg three stars (out of five) noting it’s “not a giant crock” but commenting: “As trashy cinema goes, it all feels a little too well behaved.”
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  • Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly awarded The Meg a B- and said: “The Meg isn’t nearly as good (or as white-knuckle gory) as the movie I had imagined in my head. The CGI is mediocre at best, and a romantic subplot with a single-mom scientist (Li Bingbing) is sentimental hooey. But it is ridiculous, cheesy popcorn fun. And Statham, God bless him, knows exactly what kind of guilty pleasure he’s signed on for — Sharknado with a bigger budget and a much bigger monster.”
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  • Owen Gleiberman of Variety called The Meg “Jaws on dumbed-down steroids, and proud of it.” He added: “Is it fun? That depends on your definition of fun.”
  • And finally, Chris Hewitt of Empire awarded The Meg two stars (out of five) and said: “This could have been the summer’s greatest guilty pleasure. Instead, it’s further proof you can’t make a silk purse out of a shark’s fin.”
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So, the general feeling amongst the critics was The Meg is a middle-of-the-road monster movie which isn’t great, but so long as you know what you are in for you might enjoy it. Pure popcorn fodder – nothing more.

But do you share the same opinion? Did you watch The Meg? Was it fun or did it flounder? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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